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Professional Standards

Ryan Remmers

Ryan Remmers
Prof Standards Capt
    The Professional Standards Division is responsible for many administrative details of the Watertown Police Department. The Professional Standards Division is tasked with ensuring that a high standard of professionalism and excellence in law enforcement continues to exist within the Watertown Police Department. The Professional Standards Division is responsible for developing and reviewing policy, conducting internal audits and reports, and examining procedures throughout the department for efficiency and policy compliance. The Captain of Professional Standards reports directly to the Chief of Police. 

Citizens’ Police Academy: An interactive program that focuses on educating citizens about the police department’s mission, function, practices, and processes. The Citizens’ Police Academy brings the police and the community close together in a setting that offers a sample of police training to each participant.

Internal Affairs: When authorized by the Chief of Police, the Professional Standards Division will investigate complaints of employee misconduct and violations of department rules and regulations.

Intern Program: Receives and processes applications of students pursuing a degree at an accredited college or university. The Captain of Professional Standards coordinates the schedule of interns. 

Monthly & Annual Reports:  Manages, coordinates, and prepares the department’s monthly and annual reports with the assistance of command and supervisory personnel. 

Training: Manage, plan coordinate, and schedule training for various organizational components of the Watertown Police Department and assist with the Police Training Officer Program. The Captain of Professional Standards serves as the department’s liaison with South Dakota Law Enforcement Training and other professional organizations. 

Background Investigations: Manages, coordinates and conducts applicable background investigations on all Watertown Police Department employees and volunteers.

Research and Grants: Researches grant opportunities and writes grant applications for the department. Additional duties include assisting other personnel with the administration of grant awards and reporting requirements. 

Policies and Procedures: Manages, coordinates, reviews, and revises the policies and procedures of the Watertown Police Department with the assistance of the Policy Committee and Command Staff.